Mary Esther United Methodist Church Mary Esther, Fort Walton Beach, Navarre, Destin, Shalimar, Wright, Cinco Bayou, Valparaiso, Niceville, Hurlburt Field, Eglin Air Force Base Mon, 14 Jan 2019 22:57:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Owenby Celebration: January 20, 2019 Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:45:49 +0000 Read More]]> Rev. Dr. Michael and Lisa Owenby

Join us as we honor Rev. Dr. Michael and Mrs. Lisa Owenby for their 30-plus years of service at Mary Esther UMC on Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Everyone will gather in the Fellowship Hall following worship to share a time of heartfelt thanks, stories, and celebrate their dedicated service to Christ throughout the years here in Mary Esther, FL.

Lunch will be provided and includes Chicken Parmesan, salad, dessert, coffee and tea.

Let us know you are coming! 

Please call the office at 850-243-7595 no later than Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 4:00 p.m.


Sunday Morning Schedule Survey Sun, 13 Jan 2019 17:00:18 +0000 Sunday Morning Schedule Survey QR codeMary Esther UMC is looking for feedback on our Sunday morning schedule. We ask that you select the response that best suits you. Your feedback is important!

The survey is accessible online or can be accessed with the QR code to the right.

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January 2019 Sermon Series: Greater Gifts Mon, 07 Jan 2019 16:57:02 +0000 Read More]]> Welcome to 2019!

Hello, beautiful people!

This is the year! It’s time to hike forward together, to invite new friends to journey with us (they might even adjust our routes and plans), and to discover new horizons and destinations that God is calling us to.

We invite you to join us for: Greater Gifts – The first Sermon Series for the season after Epiphany.

January 13

You are Beloved

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

January 20

Gifted for Others

1 Corinthians 12:1-11

January 27

Being Needy

1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

February 3


1 Corinthians 13:1-13

See you Sunday!

Dive Deep with ME News: January 2019 Fri, 21 Dec 2018 16:00:23 +0000 Read More]]> Go Deeper with Christ

5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The evening will consist of three parts:

  • Feast with ME (dinner)
  • Learn with ME (Bible and group studies)
  • Ring & Sing with ME (choir)

Feast with ME

Cost: $65 for adults, $45 for kids
(season passes, of the full 13 weeks)

Per Session: $6 for adults, $4 for kids (ages 3-11)
Kids under 3 years old eat free!

Dinner is from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Reservation requested but not required. Indicate attendance in weekly bulletin tear-off, or contact the church office at (850) 243-7595 no later than the Monday prior!

Pay Now

January  Menu*

Tossed salad, dessert, coffee, and sweet/unsweet tea is included with every meal.

Chicken Pot Pie

Lasagna (Meat or Vegetarian) with Focaccia Bread

Breakfast for dinner! Sausage Casserole, Grits, Pancakes

Shepherd’s Pie

Tossed Salad, Dessert, Coffee, and Sweet/Unsweet Tea is included with every meal.

* Menu subject to change if necessary.

Learn with ME

Dive deeper with Christ at every age and stage, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

  • The Deep End with Dr. Sam: Room 202
  • Young Adult Study (ages 18-25): Room 208
  • Women’s Study: Room 205
  • Children’s Discover, Relate, Connect & Create: Room 8
  • Student Ministries: Café

Ring & Sing with ME

Carillon Bell Choir practice is at 6:00 p.m.

Chancel Choir practice is at 7:00 p.m.

Chalice Ensemble practice is at 8:30 p.m.

Interested in making music with ME? Contact Rev. Mike via email at for more information!

Café Worship Experience: Sunday, January 27, 2019 Fri, 21 Dec 2018 15:30:36 +0000 Sunday, January 27, 2019
10:07 a.m.

The next Café worship is Sunday, January 27, 2019, at 10:07 a.m.

This month’s service will go hand-in-hand with the January sermon series, Being Needy.

Invite someone to join us for a casual worship experience. We share the Gospel in a relaxed coffeehouse atmosphere.

Church Office Closed: January 1 & 21, 2019 Fri, 21 Dec 2018 15:15:56 +0000 The office will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, in observance of New Year’s Day.

The office will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

New Year = Changes Fri, 21 Dec 2018 15:00:24 +0000 Read More]]> As we welcome 2019, the Staff Parish Relations (SPR) Committee would like to take a moment to honor Rev. Dr. Michael “Mike” Owenby and Chris Gardner for their over 30 years of service at Mary Esther UMC.

Chris Gardner started as the church accompanist before he had a driver’s license! Throughout his dedicated time with Mary Esther UMC, Chris has blessed us with his musical talents during church services, funerals, weddings, and many other special events.

Effective January 1, 2019, Chris has tenured his resignation in order to accept a career opportunity which moves him and his family to the Boston, Massachusetts, area. We will miss him as he leaves us but we pray for his continued success in his career and musical talents.

Rev. Dr. Michael Owenby has accepted a position away from Mary Esther UMC and effective February 1, 2019, he will serve Mountain Park UMC near Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Over the past 3 decades, Mike has served in many capacities in our church: Choir Director, Youth Director, Executive Pastor, teacher, comforter, and most commonly, friend. Mike and his wife, Lisa, have dedicated their life’s work to helping others learn about JESUS CHRIST in many different ways. We love you both and pray for continued success as you transition to your new position in the ministry of Christ.


United Methodist Men Meeting: January 12, 2019 Fri, 21 Dec 2018 14:45:45 +0000 United Methodist Men

Saturday, January 12, 2019
8:00 a.m.

United Methodist Men is a mission arm of the church. Meetings are the second Saturday of every month at 8:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

If you have any questions, ask George Joseph, President, or contact the church office at 850-243-7595 or

The next meeting is on Saturday, January 12, 2019.

Student Ministry News: January 2019 Fri, 21 Dec 2018 14:30:20 +0000 Read More]]> Student MinistryOur Student Ministry meets on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. in the Café. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

The youth also meet on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. for Learn with ME. Doors open at 3:00 p.m. for Study Hall. They also participate in Feast with ME for dinner at 5:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

For more information, contact Chris Bennett at

Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Begin Gospel of Mark series by Francis Chan

Sunday, January 20, 2019

ActivME Night

Wednesdays, January 2, 9 & 16, 2019

Mama Said series

Wednesdays, January 23 & 30, February 6 & 13, 2019

God, Guys, and Girls series


Great Night of Methodist Singing: January 27, 2019 Fri, 21 Dec 2018 14:15:55 +0000 Great Night of Methodist Singing

Sunday, January 27, 2019
6:00 p.m.

Mattie Kelly Arts Center
100 E College Blvd
Niceville, FL 32578

Join us for a Great Night of Methodist Singing on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.